One of the things I love about getting older is the wisdom that being on this earth for half a century inevitably bestows. For instance: I used to get myself in a right old stew worrying about what other people thought of me. Were they judging me by what I wore, how I spoke, what I said, how I ate, what I thought (yes, because people could read my mind – obviously!) or even where I lived? Fast forward a few decades and I am now blessed with this nugget of knowledge: most people are either so wrapped up in themselves and their lives, or so busy worrying about what people are thinking of them that they probably wouldn’t notice if you walked around with a paper bag on your head!
Yep, as amazing as this may sound, the whole world is not judging every move you make. Sure there will always be one of them – those busybodies who make it their goal to paw over the minutia of your life, examining your choices and decision with tutting, head-shaking disapproval. Take it from me; these people generally live sad, lonely, unfulfilling lives. In order to make their lives seem less tedious, they will judge the lives of those around them. Pay no heed to their toxicity, the only feeling they should elicit from you is sympathy. After all, I doubt anybody has an overwhelming desire to write ‘busybody’ in the hobby section of their CV. Surely something truly challenging must have happened in their lives to make them so insecure?
Age has brought wisdom, and this wisdom that has brought freedom; the freedom to wear what I like without constantly worrying about what other people think of my choices. Hence the big hat! What can I say? I love big hats and I cannot lie 🙂
What about you? Has age brought with it the confidence to wear what you want to wear, rather that what you think you should be wearing?